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The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

John J. Mearsheimer (University of Chicago)

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Norton
02 June 2014
To John J. Mearsheimer, great power politics are tragic because the anarchy of the international system requires states to seek dominance at one another's expense, dooming even peaceful nations to a relentless power struggle. The best survival strategy in this dangerous world is to become a regional hegemon - like the United States in the Western Hemisphere - and to make sure that no other hegemon emerges elsewhere. In a new concluding chapter, Mearsheimer examines the course of Sino-American relations should China continue its ascent to greater economic and military power. He predicts that China will attempt to dominate Asia while the United States, determined to remain the world's sole regional hegemon, will go to great lengths to contain China. The tragedy of great power politics is inescapable.
By:   John J. Mearsheimer (University of Chicago)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 157mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   786g
ISBN:   9780393349276
ISBN 10:   0393349276
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   02 June 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

A signal triumph. -- Robert D. Kaplan - The Atlantic Mearsheimer provides an admirable mixture of conceptual clarity and detailed historical observation...He is an excellent critic of rival perspectives, exposing their weaknesses with real forensic flair. Admirably, he seems to be happiest when swimming against the prevailing tide of academic opinion. -- Adam Roberts - Times Literary Supplement Backed by an impressive historical review and a refreshingly systematic analysis of power...[S]ure to provoke debate among scholars...An ambitious undertaking. -- Patricia Cohen - New York Times


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